Grant support and exporting activity

H Goerg, Michael Henry, E Strobl

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This paper investigates whether government support can act to increase exporting activity. We use a uniquely rich data set on Irish manufacturing plants and employ an empirical strategy that combines a nonparametric matching procedure with a difference-in-differences estimator in order to deal with the potential selection problem inherent in the analysis. Our results suggest that if grants are large enough, they can encourage already exporting firms to compete more effectively on the international market. However, there is little evidence that grants encourage nonexporters; to start exporting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalThe Review of Economics and Statistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008


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